Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Hezekiah: New Manuscript Discovered
Well I am pleased to be able to bring, what I think may be the first review in the biblioblog top 50 of the recently discovered manuscript of the Book of Hezekiah. You know, the one you always look for somewhere in the minor prophets but cannot find. As much as I hate to contradict the sagely and saintly Claude Mariottini on the origins and content of this important document it is clear that his project to reconstruct this document from oral fragments has failed to result in anything resembling an actual book. By contrast Ian Kammann, a much neglected and misunderstood scholar of the first order, has produced what can only be described as the most convincing reconstruction of the Hezekiah tradition this century, or ever, and it is an actual book. Not only so but it contains a limited reconstruction of the pseudopopapocryphal document, the Book of Hesitations, fitted within a radical new interpretational structure and alongside a helpful excursus on the relationship between the two traditions.
Contrary to the misguided thoughts of some what really sets this edition of Hezekiah apart from any other edition someone might hypothetically produce is the foot notes and helpful introductory sections, concordance and other essential textual aparatus. This book essentially combines the novelty and excitment of cutting edge textual reconstruction with the accessibility of a Thomas Nelson "your-own-peculiar-niche-of-beligerant-Christianity" Study Bible. So don't miss it, available at Amazon or Kammann's own website. This could be the late Christmas present for the pastor or scholar you love that you have been looking for.